France probes Nazi-themed party that cost UK MP his job

February 15, 2012 20:29

LYON, France - A French public prosecutor opened an inquiry on Wednesday into a Nazi-themed party at a ski-resort restaurant which cost conservative British MP Aidan Burley his job as a parliamentary aide.

The 11 participants in the December party in the resort of Val Thorens in the French Alps risk up to five years in jail and fines of 45,000 euros if a judge decides to summon and try them.

A customer at the restaurant filmed parts of the Dec. 3 party where some of the revelers wore Nazi uniforms and armbands bearing a swastika. They finished the evening off singing Nazi songs and making toasts in the memory of the Third Reich.

The restaurant's manager and anti-racism and anti-Semitism groups filed complaints that led to a preliminary investigation being opened in the nearby city of Albertville.

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